More than £5,000 has been awarded to groups in Ilkeston from the University of Derby’s Community Fund.
The initiative, which is supported by Erewash Borough Council, South Derbyshire District Council and South Derbyshire CVS, saw community groups bid for funding that would help them launch a range of community initiatives tackling issues in Ilkeston.
Funds were granted to groups including The Cantelupe Centre which offers before and after school care to meet parents’ needs as well as holiday clubs.
Ilkeston’s Enthusiasm Trust also received help to continue their support for vulnerable young people by offering a range of mentoring sessions.
Another recipient was P3, The Social Inclusion Charity - which supports housing services and hostel accommodation for vulnerable people experiencing mental health and homelessness issues.
The charity is ‘extremely grateful’ for the money.